Find fantastic ideas for things to do on a Friday, just in case you've left it to the last minute. Check out the best entertainment, nightlife and events happening in the capital this Friday. The weekend starts here...
One thing that helped London make it through the last few arduous winters was Night Tales, a fantastic pop-up party full of creative cocktails, street food, DJs spinning dancefloor-filling tunes and general good vibes. Luckily, you don't have to wait until winter to indulge in the fun once again, as the NT crew are back with an ace summer-themed pop-up for 15 whole weekends – welcome news indeed. As it's summer, there's a jungle theme in play, plush hammocks, rope swings and a 20m terrace to soak up the sun. Drinks are served at four bars, including the Lazy Flamingo Bar, where you can enjoy bespoke summery cocktails including a Mescal Mule and a Pin-Up Collada. As ever, food is a key part of the experience, and Summer Tales features all manner of culinary treats from top London eateries, including Burger and Lobster, seafood shack Bonnie Gull, Italian cuisine specialists Forza Win and cheese-blending warriors Morty & Bob's.Read more
From the English Riviera (that’s Torquay to you and me) to the rather more glamorous Cote d’Azur, Riviera Style brings together over 100 years of beachwear. At the Fashion and Textiles Museum’s summer exhibition, you’ll find everything from conservative Edwardian cover-ups to swimsuits and sarongs, with the odd burkini thrown in for good measure.Read more
If it’s good enough for HRH, it’s good enough for us. Shoes for Stars explores the legacy of British heritage brand Rayne, whose shoes were worn by some of the twentieth century’s most iconic women – Elizabeth Taylor, Vivien Leigh, Brigitte Bardot and our own Queen Elizabeth, who wore Rayne pumps to her wedding. Over 100 examples will be on display, featuring the work of Bruce Oldfield, Mary Quant and Roger Vivier, alongside current designer Laurence Dacade.Read more
Get wrapped up in the fun, energy and melodrama of Bollywood at this three-day festival which will celebrate both modern and classic films in the genre. Street food, live music, dancers and henna artists will all be on site to complement the schedule of screenings, for which tickets must be booked in advance. Visit the Bollywood Fever website for the line-up and to book.Read more
This ten-day festival is a celebration of South Asia's rich culture, with a line-up featuring music, dance, literature, film and fashion. In 2015 topics covered will include the area's changing cultural landscape and the juxtapositions between classical and folk traditions. Acclaimed Indian singer Shreya Ghoshal (May 23), experimental music pioneers Wild City (May 20) and sarod maestro Soumik Datta (May 19) all feature on the musical line-up, with plenty of dance performances planned, too. The Jaipur Literature Festival (May 16-17), which showcases South Asia's multilingual literary heritage, will explore the themes of politics, economics, myth and migration. The talks schedule includes appearances from Meera Syal and Nihal, and the Southbank Centre's foyers will be packed with installations and free shows. Kerb street food traders will sell food inspired by the Alchemy countries in the Festival Village and Southbank Centre Square.Read more
The Chelsea Pensioner
Venue says: The most affordable bar in Chelsea!
Fancy living in the most expensive borough in Britain, but don’t have a few million to spare? Don’t worry, it’s easy – join the armed forces, lead a long and distinguished career serving Queen and country, then upon retirement move into the palatial Royal Hospital and settle into your scarlet coat and new-found role as a Chelsea Pensioner.Failing that, drop into this new pub on Fulham Road, just a sharpened coin’s throw from Chelsea FC’s ground. It’s owned by the same people behind the good-times Simmons bars in King’s Cross and Camden, and brings some of the same irreverency to a trad corner pub. There’s a junk shop’s worth of kitsch ephemera on shelves, a pool table and, for some unexplained reason, a bike hanging from a wall. Food is straightforward – crisp flatbread pizzas with simple toppings – although Sunday roasts are to come soon.Given that the Pensioner is a free house with no brewery obligations, a more exciting beer offering might have been expected – a few bottles or kegs from some of west London’s fine craft producers would be welcome. But the speciality here isn’t beer, it’s ‘Sharey Marys’: big jugs of the bloody stuff mixed however you like, to set you up for a Sunday (or a couple of hours at the footy). The Chelsea Pensioner is a solid place, rather than an exciting one, but this bit of Fulham Road isn’t exactly a party strip. Save that for if the Happy One fulfills his promise and brings the Premier League trophy to Stamford Bridge.